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By Joe Humphries – High Tech Safety

Packing a useful survival kit depends a lot on what sort of emergency situations you expect that you’ll encounter. However, there are some items that are more universally helpful than others. Here are five items every survivalist needs in their pack.

Multi-Tool

When it comes to survival kits, you want to maximize every inch of real estate in your bag, which is why a multi-tool is an absolute must for any prepper. No matter how prepared you may be, you can’t always predict what you’ll encounter in a survival-type situation. So, including a tool that serves multiple purposes is a good way to cover all your potential bases.

A multi-tool can be as basic or feature heavy as you’d like. They range from the classic Swiss Army Knife to tools that boast 20 or more features—including everything from saw blades to pliers to wire cutters. Even the most complicated of multi-tools are generally small and lightweight, so don’t be afraid to purchase one that’s got as many gadgets as your budget will allow.

Water Purification System

In a survival situation, locating drinkable water will be one of your first and most important priorities. A water filtration system makes this task easier by converting a water source that might be dangerous for consumption into one that’s safe and usable.

You now have several options when it comes to choosing a purification system. The most basic choice is water purification tablets. These pills are dissolved in water and are designed to kill bacteria and other pathogens that can cause illness in humans. They are incredibly lightweight and easy to pack, which makes them appealing. However, some tablets can take up to an hour to be fully effective and may not neutralize some chemical pollutants.

Purification straws are another popular option. Their recent boost in popularity also brought a decline in once high prices. Like the pills, they are lightweight and easy to transport. Opposed to the traditional pumps that can are rather bulky. However, they are not ideal for purifying large quantities of water (since you have to drink it through the straw) and may not eliminate all viruses found in water.

Ultimately, choosing the correct water purification system will come down to personal preference and determining what kind of emergency situations you’re likely to encounter.

Solar Lantern

Space is valuable in your survival kit, which can make it difficult to justify the inclusion of something as bulky as a solar lantern. However, if you anticipate being without electricity for a long period of time, it might end up being a lifesaver.

In addition to providing light, many modern lanterns also come with USB ports perfect for recharging your phone or other electronic devices. Because of its multipurpose capabilities, this is definitely a smart item to include in your kit. Some even have bug zappers included in them.

Stun Gun

You never know when you will need to defend yourself in an emergency situation, but carrying an actual gun is not a possibility for everyone. Depending on the model, a gun can take up too much space in your kit—not to mention the space that ammo will take up too. For these reasons, a stun gun is a must for any survival kit.

Many brands are no bigger than a cell phone, which makes storage and transport incredibly easy. Additionally, stun guns won’t draw unwanted attention to yourself. It’s a discreet, lightweight alternative to more traditional forms of protection.

Compact rifles that can breakdown into the stock are also highly recommended. It is always good to have a defense mechanism for attackers of two legs or four legs. Although, these will not bring the lightweight approach that some tasers can, there provide a lot more stopping power then a taser.

Poncho Shelter

If you find yourself in the wilderness, you’ll need some sort of shelter, but tents can be bulky and take up space in your kit that’s better utilized by other items. A poncho shelter provides all the protection of a traditional tent without taking up any space in your kit. You can literally wear it on your back!

Granted, it might not be as luxurious as a fancy tent, but when it comes to survival, it will absolutely get the job done. In some situations I prefer sleeping under a tarp, I can exit easier and faster as opposed to a traditional tent.

About the author:

Joe Humphries is a contributing writer and media Specialist for High Tech Safety. He regularly writes for survival and personal defense blogs, with an emphasis on nonlethal self defense.

https://www.hightechsafety.com/

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By Mac Slavo –  SHTFplan.com

In recent years the U.S. government has been making massive preparations. They’ve been stockpiling food, riot gear, automatic weapons and billions of rounds of ammunition. While no one in Federal emergency planning services is talking any specifics, recent exercises over American cities and military training simulations all suggest that whatever it is that the government is preparing for is a very serious affair. One possibility, as evidenced by war gaming simulations being performed by intelligence agencies, Homeland security and the Pentagon is that the U.S. economy could collapse under the weight of trillions of dollars in debt. Another points at the real possibility of a widespread attack on the U.S. power grid that could throw the country back into the stone age.

Whatever it is, it should be clear that preparations are being made.

The latest eye-opener comes from the U.S. Treasury, a department tasked with managing the country’s debt as well as the banking system as a whole. According to a new report the Treasury Department has ordered over $200,000 Survival Kits for as many as 3,814 employees who oversee the federal banking system.

It’s not clear why the federal government has ordered the kits, but perhaps they are expecting some sort of disturbance to take place and they want their employees to be prepared for it. According to Zero Hedge, the kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States and include Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Capital One.

The “kits,” which contain items such as high calorie food rations, emergency water, first aid supplies and an emergency radio, suggest that the Treasury Department wants their people to be prepared for scenario where they may be out of contact from officials for 24 – 48 hours.

A full list of the specifications for the survival kits has been made available by Free Beacon:

Treasury-Survival-Kits(Full Request For Proposal Here via Zero Hedge)

Survival kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States including Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Wells Fargo.

The agency has roughly 3,814 employees, each of which would receive a survival kit. The staff includes “bank examiners” who provide “sustained supervision” of major banks in the United States.

It is not clear why the Treasury Department is ordering the kits.

This, of course, begs the question: why?

Does the Treasury Department know something we don’t? And why bank examiners? Is it possible someone, somewhere knows something significant is about to go down?

They certainly understand that the U.S. economy and financial system are susceptible to massive shocks. Last year they released a report warning of a catastrophic event that could last generations should the U.S. government fail to secure additional credit:

“In the event that a debt limit impasse were to lead to a default, it could have a catastrophic effect on not just financial markets but also on job creation, consumer spending and economic growth,” the report said.

“Credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, US interest rates could skyrocket, the negative spillovers could reverberate around the world, and there might be a financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse.”

“Considering the experience of countries around the world that have defaulted on their debt, not only might the economic consequences of default be profound, but those consequences, including high interest rates, reduced investment, higher debt payments, and slow economic growth, could last for more than a generation,” the report states.

It’s only a matter of time, it seems.

And, while the survival kits purchased by the Treasury Department are basic units that provide about two days worth of supplies, it’s notable that they have purchased these kits specifically for their bank examiners. In the preparedness community we call it a bug out bag, or depending on the circumstances, a get-home bag. They are part of a broader preparedness strategy designed to provide supplemental support to those who are away from home and out of touch in the event of an emergency. So the specific kits being distributed by the Treasury Department will provide limited support at best and are not full-out multi-month preparedness kits.

Nonetheless, we are seeing the government not only regionalize distribution centers around the country and stockpile typical “prepper” supplies, but they are also now getting their individual employees and agents prepared.

Those who have yet to prepare for major disasters should do so now, because if whatever Treasury and other Federal agencies expect to happen actually happens then all bets are off.

The reason, for example, that someone would need a 2,400 calorie food bar like the one in these kits is because store shelves would likely have been looted and no food will be available. Tess Pennington, author of the best selling disaster guide The Prepper’s Blueprint, explains:

When the needs of the population cannot be met in an allotted time frame, a phenomena occurs and the mindset shifts in people. They begin to act without thinking and respond to changes in their environment in an emotionally-based manner, thus leading to chaos, instability and a breakdown in our social paradigm.

When you take the time to understand how a breakdown behaves and how it progresses, only then can you truly prepare for it.

Source: Anatomy of a Breakdown

As part of a complete preparedness strategy Pennington suggests having an emergency bag similar to the one being purchased by the Treasury Department – but with a little more hardcore survival built in because during a serious and widespread emergency scenario a couple thousand calories and a survival blanket may not be enough:

  •  What’s missing from the kits above is a self defense tool. If recent events have proven anything it’s that large groups of people, especially hungry people, will turn to violence. That means you should be carrying a firearm. If you are in a state that does not allow you to do so, then we suggest adding something like a Cold Steel Rifleman’s Hawk ax to your bag.
  • Bulk up on calories because walking during an event like a power outage is going to take a lot of energy. The Daltrex 3600 calorie bar is designed to keep you loaded up with carbs and proteins, and one bar can provide an adult with enough food for two days. Put several of them in your bag and you can survive for nearly 7 days without a grocery store.
  • Walking, running and surviving is going to take water. Emergency water pouches are fine, but having a portable water filter or a Life Straw could really mean the difference between life or death should water utility plants succumb to power outages. Considering including some electrolytes to help prevent fatigue, headaches and other physical issues.
  • You never know where you’ll be should an emergency happen. It may be cold and you may need to cook your food, so having a fire starter wouldn’t be a bad idea. Ready Nutrition provides a list of some very innovative and useful fire starting tools.
  • And be sure to have a multi-tool. Among other things, they include a knife, screwdriver, and pliers, all of which you won’t need until you need them. And should you not have them you could be facing serious problems. Think back to how often you’ve used just these three items in the past and how frustrating or impossible your task would have been to accomplish without them. So, definitely put a high quality multi-tool in your kit.
  • The above list is limited but highlights some key considerations for any short-term survival kit. For a complete list of survival tools and strategies we urge you to visit Tess Pennington’s free 52 Weeks to Preparedness online series.

Someone in the upper echelons of government understands the threats being faced by Americans. Efforts are being made from coast-to-coast to prepare for these threats. But, as even the director of Homeland Security has warned, in an emergency every individual needs to make preparations for at least a two week period during which food, gas, clean water and emergency response may be unavailable.

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Related Resources:

The Prepper’s Blueprint: Prepare Yourself For Any Disaster

The Pantry Primer: Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months

52 Weeks to Preparedness (Free Online Web Series)

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Why Did The Treasury Department Just Purchase Thousands of Survival Kits For Bank Examiners?

survival-kit-requirements

By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Not only will a ‘survival kit’ suit different purposes from one person to the next, but the things we collect for our kits will differ from one another. Sometimes quite drastically.

The survival kit that I put together will be different from yours. Here’s why:

 

We all have different needs and requirements and we all have our own various intended purposes. In fact, many of us have multiple kits which we put together for specific functionality and situations.

While there is a wide variety of pre-made survival kits available for sale on the internet and elsewhere, and while buying one of them is certainly better than having nothing (some of them are pretty good), when we put together our own kit from our own list, we are tailoring to our own needs and requirements.

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Survival Kit Requirements Are Different For Everyone

5 Everyday Items Your Survival Kit Is Probably Missing.

By Nicholas O.Off The Grid News

Most survivalists and preppers are good about keeping their survival kits well-stocked and well-rounded with all the supplies and equipment that the survival books say they need.

But there are still some everyday items that your survival kit may be missing. These items aren’t usually found on your ordinary survival kit list, but you likely have them in your home right now – and should put them in your bug-out bag or survival kit.

Here are five:

1. Duct tape. We know how useful it is, and you probably already have a roll or two of duct tape  stored away in the garage or in the utility room. So why not add a roll or two to your survival kit? Duct tape will come in handy in any survival situation and can be used to repair nearly anything. It can help put a shelter together, attach a knife to the end of a stick to make a spear, work as a bandage or a sling, and yes, even to use as handcuffs or to tie somebody around a tree. (Read 19 survival uses for duct tape here.)

2. Paper and pens. Having a notebook and some pens or other writing utensils in your survival kit may come in handy more times than you think. You can put down any….

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 5 Everyday Items Your Survival Kit Is Probably Missing

This article was originally written for reThinkSurvival.com

As I’ve been having fun at making water bottle survival kits recently I figured it only made sense to try a five-gallon bucket survival kit. After all, I LOVE buckets and think one can never have enough of them. :) As you can see I was able to shove it all in there but to get the lid on required a bit of… persistence:

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Here’s what I was able to stuff and shove. I was going to number them but the numbers started to really get in the way so I’ll just list the items out roughly in order starting from the back and moving along like a page in a book:

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  1. Water bottles x 4 – I know I’ll take some slack for adding these but I find it hard to create any survival kit that I’m expected to take with me and NOT have among the most precious of resources as a part of the kit, that being water. If you knew that you would have a readily available water source then by all means ditch the water because it’s heavy and I’d hate for it to get punctured and spoil everything else. That said, these bottles were vacuum sealed to help with potential leakage issues.
  2. Freeze dried meals x 4 – I choose to include four freeze-dried meals, two by Mountain House and two by Wise Food. I could have added more but only if I removed other items. Personally, I think having a meal or two at the very least is a good morale booster. In the future I might have added small amounts of hard candies or gum.
  3. Tarp, 6×8 – Who knows why you might need a tarp but they’re super useful as a makeshift shelter. I choose a 6×8 because it fit well but I think I could shove an 8×10 if I tried. Get a ripstop tarp with grommet holes.
  4. N-95 dust masks – I’m not sure how truly useful these might be but they take up very little room so they got tossed in.
  5. Thermos king food jar, 16-ounces – I like my thermos and I refuse to leave home without it. ;)
  6. Water bottle survival kit – This was discussed about a month back and includes several items such as Bic lighters, stormproof matches, a bandanna, firesteel, Potable Aqua, mini multi-tool, duct tape, whistles, water filter straw, etc. Click the link to see all that’s included.
  7. Toilet paper – Your rear end will thank you for including even a small, smashed roll such as this.
  8. Work gloves – Who knows what you may need to grab onto or touch. Get a quality pair of gloves that fit your hands.
  9. Cold steel Tanto knife – This is a serious workhorse of a knife. If you expect to do any buschcraft work or for whatever reason you might need a quality knife, this is a good one to get.
  10. Gerber sliding saw – Knives are great for many reasons but small folding/sliding saws such as this just make procuring firewood that much easier.
  11. Mini crowbar – Not quite sure why this got tossed in there other than because I could. ;)
  12. Grundig shortwave radio (with batteries) – The ability to gather information about a disaster from local as well as far away sources is critical. Beyond that, if you can get some actual music from time to time there’s no harm in that either.
  13. Small flashlight (with batteries) – Lighting must be a bit more than a mini keychain light here. The Cree flashlights are great for the money, though, that’s not what’s included in this particular setup.
  14. Compass – Roads may be impassable or unrecognizable therefore forcing you off the beaten path. Use a compass to ensure you stay on course.
  15. Cyalume glow sticks x 4 – Though not my first choice, glow sticks can be a useful lighting addition. They don’t take up much room so I tossed in four. Go for green colors if you can as they’re best for use at night.
  16. Paracord, 25′ x 2 – Paracord, need I say more? I could have added more had I really tried and probably should have.
  17. Rain ponchos x 2 – What’s shown are some crappy ponchos from Walmart and, after thinking more about it, I should have included one for each person. I also understand trash bags can be used instead but rain ponchos are better if you can include them.
  18. Assorted medical supplies (and Israeli bandage) – There some disposable gloves, gauze, a few pills (such as Ibuprofen), and an Israeli compression bandage. You might also include any necessary Rx medications you or your family rely upon, at least a few days worth, if you can.
  19. 30-gallon trash bags, several – There are many uses for trash bags in a survival situation, including as a makeshift rain poncho. Adding several here shouldn’t be a big problem.
  20. Dorcy Headlamp (with batteries) – Headlamps are a super useful light source, especially for survival tasks. If you can afford it you should include more than one in your kits.
  21. Leatherman multi-tool – I much prefer the Leatherman Wave multi-tool as my EDC, what’s shown is something else (can’t remember which one it is). I guess you could choose to toss in some old hand tools instead as they won’t take up much room if you prefer but, most of the time, a multi-tool is the way to go.
  22. U-dig-it folding shovel – This particular shovel is great for camping or hiking. In this kit I might have tried to include a larger folding shovel but I started to run out of room.
  23. 2-way radios (and batteries) – These are great for keeping tabs on group members who may be off gathering wood, water, or whatever.
  24. Duct tape, flattened – It does everything. Buy quality duct tape at your local hardware store.
  25. Fire starting kit – This is out of one of my bug out bags and started out as a fire-starting kit but morphed into a kit to hold various small random items. Anyway, the fire-starting stuff includes things like Bic lighters, matches, a wallet Fresnel lens, fire-starting logs, and more. Yes, there’s a lot of fire starting stuff included between this kit and the water bottle kit.
  26. Pocket chainsaw – This probably isn’t necessary considering I already have the Gerber sliding saw mentioned previously but redundancy is always a good thing in survival and this particular saw comes in handy in some situations.
  27. Earplugs – This is a personal inclusion because I have a hard time sleeping, particularly in silence, but there may be other reasons to include ear plugs such as hearing safety.
  28. SAS Survival Guide – Is there a better wilderness survival book to reference? I’m not aware of one!
  29. The New Testament, pocket sized – If there’s ever a time to rely on scripture… it’s probably during/after an emergency.
  30. Strike on box matches, 250 count – Never hurts to have a lot of matches.
  31. Mylar blankets x 2 – I’ve never been a big fan of these blankets but they take up so little room I felt obligated to add them here.
  32. Candles x 2 – Similarly, I’m not a big fan of candles for emergencies since they’re a significant fire hazard. That said, they can provide both lighting and another way to sustain a fire, even a bit of heat if you’re desperate.
  33. Deck of playing cards – I can’t think of a better, compact way to pass the time than these if you have nothing better to do regarding keeping you alive.
  34. Needle, thread, safety pins – Used to patch or mend clothing, bags, tent, etc.

After looking over the list I realized I didn’t have any sort of sanitation supplies, such as soaps or wet wipes. That will have to be corrected in the future and wouldn’t take up much room. Moreover, I didn’t include anything to cook foods in (such as a pot or cup) or on (such as a folding camp stove) but I guess I could improvise by using rocks or whatever. This is especially necessary since I would have intended to boil water for the freeze dried meals. Other obvious items I’m missing would be clothing, weapons, ammo but I purposely didn’t try to add those. I think more batteries may have been good too.

Obviously, there are some items I could have removed and still be covered, such as the pocket chainsaw, headlamp, rain ponchos, etc. Similarly, there are items that are not 100% necessary, such as the playing cards, books, and thermos.

Overall, I’ve got quite a few supplies in a rather small space, more than I thought I could get in there. That, after all, is the beauty of making your own survival kits… you can include anything as you see fit. :) Heck, make two buckets and get everything you want in them.

Whatever you choose to include, this bucket could easily be tossed in the back of your vehicle or stashed at a friends house if you like. Have you ever tried such a kit? What would you include?

This post was originally found at reThinkSurvival.com

 

By Jarhead Survivor

First of all we need to talk about the difference between a survival kit and a bug-out bag.

There are so many definitions and expectations today that the meaning has become blurred.  Here’s how I define a survival kit:  a minimal amount of gear that you carry with you in order to survive various undesirable and unexpected situations you might find yourself in.

For example:  you’re out on a day hike in a piece of forest you don’t know, but the trail is well marked.  Coming back down the mountain you suddenly see a split in the trail that wasn’t visible to you on the way in and you make a wrong turn and find yourself deep in the woods with the sun going down.  If you’re smart you have a small backpack with a few well thought out pieces of survival gear in it.  You might be  uncomfortable, but you will survive the night.

Categories of Survival Kits

EDC – During the day some people have Every Day Carry (EDC) kits, which might consist of a pocket knife, small flashlight, mini fire steel, and a few other small items you can carry in your pocket.

Altoid Tin Kit – Then there are the Altoid tin survival kits, which can contain a small amount of gear that you might keep in a coat pocket.  This would contain some absolute essentials like a small lighter or firesteel, fire starting material, a flat signal mirror and small whistle, and a small flashlight.  I’ll talk more about this in another post.

Hiking Pack – For hiking you might have a minimal kit that includes a compass, lighter, knife, poncho, and a few other small items in a pack.   I’ll cover this in more detail in just a bit.

*Special Note:  In addition to the gear you must have knowledge on how to use these items in order to survive any situation you might find yourself in.

Bug-Out Bag – A bug-out bag is a bag that you can live out of for a certain predetermined amount of time – usually 72 hours – and has everything you need for that time.  Food, water, shelter, clothing, it’s all in the bag and ready to go.  While this is a survival kit of sorts it’s not really what I’m talking about in this post.

Mission/Goal

First, I wanted to create the lightest Get Home Bag (GHB)/Hiking kit I could make with resources I had available in my house or could easily be purchased at a store, yet still be able to operate in a hostile environment if pushed into it.  It’s important to keep in mind that my GHB is something that I use quite often, thus it doubles as a my hiking pack/survival kit.

In the past I’ve carried a lot of gear in it that usually weighs in around 25 to 30 lbs.  Heavier objects include my wool blanket, military grade poncho, Solo Stove and other stuff.

A few weeks ago I hiked up a local mountain with Mrs. Jarhead.  While I consider myself to be in good shape for my age I was still puffing pretty good by the time we got to the top.  I pulled out my canteen and drank some water and we started back down again.  And that’s all I used!

This got me thinking about how crazy it is to always tote this amount of gear around.  It’s good exercise, but not real practical for doing a short day hike in the hills where I’ve been hiking for 30 years.  When I sat down to evaluate exactly what it was I always used when I go for one of my short day hikes, it came out to this short list:

  • Knife
  • Fire steel/lighter (I like using the fire steel to keep my fire starting skills sharp)
  • Canteen and cup

Then I made another list of gear I use sometimes:

  • Poncho
  • Stove
  • Cordage
  • Multi-tool
  • Map and compass
  • Flashlight

Things I almost never used included:

  • Binos
  • Wool blanket
  • Multiple MREs
  • Other misc. gear

And that was about it.  So I started looking around the ‘Net and found quite a few sites dealing with survival kits.  My research ultimately took me to Dave Canterbury’s site where he talks about the 10 C’s of survival.

What I like about this list is that it’s basically a list of categories and he leaves it up to you to decide how to fill that category.  That means you can use gear that you like and are comfortable with instead of being told to buy something you might not know how to use or don’t like.

Check out his site for the detailed explanation of his survival gear.  Right now I’m going to present his list and show you what I came up with and how much it weighed at the end.  Again, this is coming straight from Dave Canterbury’s excellent web site.

(1) Cutting Tool:

(2) Combustion:

(3) Cover:

(4) Container:

(5) Cordage:

(6) Candle:

(7) Cotton:

(8) Compass:

(9) Cargo Tape:

(10) Canvas Needle:

First, you need a pack.  Since I still have some of the MARPAT assault packs kicking around (you can still buy one here) I used one of those.  (The linked page talks about the packs, but provides links to the store if you want one.)

Here’s the gear I added to my pack to cover each category in the above list.

For a cutting tool I added my Ka-Bar Becker BK2 survival knife.  It’s heavy, which is good for chopping and it’s sharp, and it’s super duty tough.  Maybe not the best choice for creating a light-weight kit, but I wanted something reliable and this was it.

For combustion I threw in a lighter and my firesteel.  I like redundancy.

I’ve been struggling with the cover.  At first I added just an emergency blanket, then I gave in and threw in my lightweight poncho as well.  I’m still mulling this over though.  I’ve also got a contractor bag in there to take up any slack.

For a container I used the water bottle and cup combination you can order off Dave’s site.  It’s consists of a canteen cover, steel water bottle, steel cup, and a small stove ring that you can put in a fire.  (In case you’re wondering I’m not getting any kickback from Dave’s site.  It’s a product I bought and use and I like it a lot.)

Cordage was obviously paracord.

Candle – I used a small flashlight and an actual candle for this category.  The candle is one of those eight hour candles and the flashlight is a small, but powerful handheld.  I’ll probably change this over to a headlamp in the near future.

For a compass I used the small racing compass I got awhile back.  This is an excellent compass that I like quite a bit.

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Cargo tape – I bought a roll of camo duct tape for my pack.  I’ve only used it in the field a few times, but I can see how it would have a lot of utility.  I’ll probably take the cargo tape off the cardboard roll to make it a little smaller.

Canvas Needle – for this I had to buy a small kit of needles.  They weigh next to nothing so I threw the whole kit into my pack.

Since this kit is also used for hiking and fooling around out in the woods I also added a titanium spork and a few other small pieces of gear plus some light food items. 1018131827a

 Pack Weight

Total weight of the pack is under 15 lbs and that’s with a full water bottle.  Using the above model I was able to cut my pack weight in half and man, does it feel good!

Another upside is that it leaves a lot of room in the pack and if I decide to throw in a hat and gloves, or whatever, there’s no issue of trying to move stuff around or pack it tighter to get everything in.

1018131828b I still have a “Go” bag set up like my heavier kit, but my hiking/survival kit is now much lighter.  None of the gear in it (except maybe the spork) would be considered ultra-light, but that wasn’t the p0int of this exercise.  I was able to take equipment already on-hand and turn it into a light-weight hiking bag/survival kit.

Now I need to give it a real test and take it out in the woods for an overnighter.  It’s getting cold up here in Maine now – down to 32 F. the other night – so a big part of keeping warm will be using wilderness experience to make a good shelter, get a proper fire going, and use the tools in this kit to maximum advantage.  Surviving shouldn’t be a problem, but can I stay comfortable while doing it?

That remains to be seen.

It’s my opinion that a survival kit should be tested before you really need it to see if everything really works.  If you decide to set something like this up make sure you take it out in the woods and try it out.

Now tell me about your light-weight bug-out bag or survival kit!

Questions?  Comments?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor – SHTF Blog